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Nothing feels quite as exciting as unwrapping a huge gift, but sometimes some of the coolest gifts to give (and receive) are stocking stuffers. From audio gear to cool gadgets (or a side of booze and hot sauce), the real stars of the gifting season might not come in a big package with a bow on top, but rather as a small stocking stuffer that’s just as impressive. If you’re looking for the best stocking stuffers to give to friends and family this year, we have you covered.
What Makes a Good Stocking Stuffer?
There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for the best stocking stuffers online.
First, if you’re shopping for a stocking stuffer, you’ll want to make sure the gift you’re buying can actually fit in a stocking. You’re not always going to know how much room you’ll have to work with, but the good news is that it’s easier than ever to find high-quality gifts that won’t require a box — and, most importantly, be something that everyone will love to get.
It’s worth noting that because of potential shipping delays this year, you may want to purchase your holiday gifts as early as possible if you want them to arrive on time. Luckily, you don’t have to spend too many hours searching for the best stocking stuffer ideas — we’ve already found them. Whether you’re sticking to a strict budget or you’re shopping for small gadgets your recipient can use all the time, these stocking stuffers won’t disappoint.
What Are the Best Stocking Stuffers?
From the Nintendo Switch to our editors’ favorite earbuds for music, here are a few of the best stocking stuffers to gift everyone on your shopping list.
Bose QuietComfort Noise-Cancelling Earbuds
A stocking-stuffer hit, these Bose QuietComfort buds are easily some of the best earbuds we’ve tested all year. An included charging case provides up to 18 hours of battery, and ear tip hooks offer a comfortable fit in your ears. We love how easy it is to control the sound in the Bose app and to change, pause or play tracks by tapping the buds themselves. They’re workout- and travel-friendly, and a no-brainer for the person who’s always listening to music.
Never lose track of important items like car keys, your phone, or even a wallet or bag with one of Apple’s convenient and tiny AirTags. Using the Find My app on your iPhone, it’s easy to locate where your lost item is at, and it’s all simple and quick to set up right out of the box. Pro tip: Throw in a couple in their stocking so they don’t have to choose between their essentials.
Leatherman Bond Multitool
Where would we be without our Leatherman? When they need a pair of pliers or need to cut wires, they’ll be happy they have this Leatherman multitool on hand. We love ours for everyday tasks like opening up packages, but it has everything you might need so you don’t have to search for your set of tools, from a bottle opener to a ruler and a variety of built-in screwdrivers.
Bombas Merino Wool Calf Socks
A pair of Bombas socks make it to the top of our holiday wishlists just about every year. From workouts to the trails to commuting, these comfortable and warm merino wool socks wick away moisture to keep your feet fresh all day long, and they even come in multiple colors.
Apple AirPods Pro
One of the gifts music lovers, runners and commuters alike really hope will be in their stocking? There’s a good chance it’s a pair of Apple’s AirPods Pro this year. We don’t blame them. These pack active noise cancellation for high-quality sound, no matter where you’re listening, plus they support spatial audio, and are even sweat- and water-resistant for your workouts. Bonus: They’re discounted to 21% off retail price at press time — a $52 savings.
Equator Instant Coffee
Campers and coffee connoisseurs will love these instant coffee packs from Equator. Five packets of light roast coffee sourced from Southern Guji, Ethiopia, come in each package. Simply pour a packet in a travel mug or thermos to make 8-10 ounces of regular or iced coffee each time. Pro tip: Pack them into a new insulated mug for a two-in-one gift.
Grateful Dead Bobble Buddies
Upgrade any Dead Head’s mantel or bookshelf this season with these new, officially-licensed collectible Grateful Dead Bobble Buddies. The Dancing Bear Elf and Dancing Bear Santas are available to purchase on Etsy, measure about four inches tall, and are each painted by hand.
Theragun Mini Massage Device
The smallest Theragun still holds plenty of power in its portable frame. Whether you’re shopping for fitness pros or runners, this compact massage device is a must-have recovery tool for targeting sore muscles. It runs at three different speeds and comes with a 150-minute battery.
Open x Miir Water Bottle + Open Subscription
The ultimate experience you can gift any time of the year: classes with Open. Open is a California-based mindfulness studio that provides guided in-person and digital yoga, breathwork and meditation classes. Give them this Open x Miir 20-oz water bottle, and then surprise them with a monthly ($20) or annual subscription ($150). (Pro tip: Try it for yourself with its free 7- or 14-day trial.)
Anker Mini Projector
It’s not easy to wrap up a 100-inch TV and put it under the tree. Instead, get them this wildly portable and sleek smart mini projector. It’s about the size of a can and can project about a nine-foot display on your wall or screen. No need to worry about sound thanks to its built-in 360-degree speaker. You can stream via Bluetooth and Airplay, or connect it to a device using HDMI cables. It’s even controllable through the Nebula Control app on your phone. Your holiday movie nights will never be the same.
GoPro HERO10 Black Action Camera
For the adventurous person in your life, a rugged, easy-to-use action cam is an essential. GoPro’s HERO10 Black camera is waterproof, so they can take it swimming without worrying about it capturing high-quality video and images. The GoPro records in 5K, including slow-motion video, and snaps 23-megapixel photos. You can easily see all the action on both sides of the camera with two separate screens. Want to share a video right away? It supports 1080p livestreaming and even comes with built-in WiFi connectivity. We recommend going with one that comes with accessories, including chest and suction mounts, which are great if you want to be hands-free when you’re on the go.
Jewelry’s never a bad idea. Whether you’re looking for a 19K gold signet ring or a delicate diamond bracelet, you’ll find something they’ll love at Mejuri. The shop has a huge selection to choose from, as well as engraving for certain pieces. Note: The brand is currently offering free shipping and 20% off when you spend $150 or more (using the promo code oops20) for a limited time.
Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
Because they always talk about how good it smells every time they walk by the store (and you want to use it, too). Available in .05-3.4-oz sizes.
Sonos Roam Portable Speaker
Will it take up most of their stocking? Yes. Will you find a cooler portable speaker that’s waterproof and that sounds this good? No. Will it be worth it? 1000%.
The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular gifts all year long. The super-portable gaming console can fit in any pocket (or a stocking), and lets you take your games on-the-go. The Switch features an HD touchscreen, Joy-Con controllers you can remove from the console, plus a dock for connecting it to a smart TV. And while it’s often tough to find in stock online, you can score certain Switch edition consoles on Amazon right now (if you hurry).
Fender Bullet Chromatic Tuner
For the guitarist in your family, get them this Fender Chromatic Tuner to make tuning up their instrument fast and easy. It won’t take up much space in their case, and it’s easy to use right out of the box. An LED light turns green when you’re in-tune so you never have to guess, and it’s visible even on stage or in a dark room. Bonus: You can use it for other string instruments, from the violin to the banjo.
Truff Black Truffle-Infused Hotter Sauce
Don’t sweat finding the perfect gift for the hot sauce-obsessed person on your list — surprise them with a bottle (or two, or three) of Truff’s vegan, gluten-free Hotter Sauce. So what’s in the bottle? Ingredients such as ripe chili peppers, black truffle and organic agave nectar. The bottom line: It’s delicious enough that they’ll want to put it on everything.
Snow LED Electric Toothbrush
Snow’s high-tech toothbrush is the gift they didn’t know they wanted, thanks to its LED light for whitening, built-in timer, along with multiple brushing modes, from “Polish” to “Sensitive.” It comes with two brush heads, and will leave your teeth feeling clean and fresh after every use. Note: Use the promo code CYBERWEEK for 20% off at checkout.
Nomad 30W Power Adapter
If you’re shopping someone whose devices are always running out of juice, Nomad’s 30W Power Adapter is a wonderful gift. The pocket-sized charger is powerful enough to fast-charge a smartphone, or top up mid-sized devices like the iPad and Nintendo Switch.
We recommend pairing it with one of Nomad’s new, durable braided sports cables.